welcomed a group from the Polish Co-operaeive Movement, groups
of tourists from the Soviet Union and friends from the German Democratic Republic.
At the time of writing, interest in Manis1I11 engendered by political
developments in Europe has even been reflected in the correspondence
columns of "The Times" so that a steady stream of Vlrsitol's from France,
Italy and Spain is not unexpected. But anterest in Marx Memorial
Library is wider-spread-vfrom Sweden to Japan, from the Middle
East to the Americas. Long may it be so !
A ROYAL LINK
"The Times" on June 3 reported the deaeh, two days before, of Sir
Owen Morshead (83), who was librarian at Windsor Castle from 1926
to 1958. lit may surprise readers to learn-c-whar the, newspaper did not
report--snat our Library and the students of Marx all over the world
owe Morshead a great debt. In 1949 he made aVla~llaible to the Library,
at my request, a letter from S;[' M. E. Gram Duff, one of Gladstone's
former Ministers, describing atLen~th a long talk which he had had
on January 31, 1879, wimh Karl Man. The letter, written next day,
wasaiddressed to Queen Victoria's eldest da~glhte,r, the Empres,
Frederick ad' Germany. The letter had been preserved for many years
by her daughter, the Landgravin, (Grand Duchess) of Hesse, and in
1945 she asked Morshead to take 1.t for safe keeping to England, with
other arohiilves. A chance paragraph in a London newspaper led me to
write to Sir Owen: hesaBid he would lay the matter before the King,
who was then preoccupied WIiroh the marriage of his daughter, now Oueen
Bl~za:beth II : and later he wrote rthat the King would be "very pleased"
to let our Library have it for pUlbIiwtion. Morsbead enclosed the actual
text of the Ietter, whlilOh We returned. of COUl1se, lafter copying it.
The Times Literary Supplement on July 15, 1949, printed Grant
Duff's rletteif, with my covering note, and the Daily Worker did the same
next day. We 'Sent a COlPY, naltuflaIU~, to the Institute of MarxismLeninism in Mosoowfor roheirarohivels.
Grant Duff's three hours' meeting with Marx took place at the
Devonshire Club: a Wield-know Liberal, Lionel MOIlIte~iore, had arranged it. The conversation (according to the letter) rooohed on the
prospect of revolueion in Russia and Germany and t1he danger of
growing armaments in Europe leading to war. Grant Duff found Marx
a pleasant man totalk to : "iIt wiillrl IlI01 bene Who, Wlhetlhelf he wishes it
or not, will tum the world upside down", was the MIP's conclusion !